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Best Strategy RPG - Valkyria Chronicles II
Valkyria Chronicles II ends 2010 with a dubious distinction: it was certainly one of the best games that no one demanded. Oh, don't get me wrong, critics and gamers alike loved the original Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3 for its setting, gameplay, and charming graphical design. But instead of releasing a sequel on the PS3, Sega decided to release the new Valkyria Chronicles II for the PSP, disappointing legions of their fans. Expecting a stripped-down, sub-par variation on the original theme, fans were pleasantly surprised to find a game that in many ways surpassed the original. Possessing all the intense gunplay, exciting tank battles, and gorgeous watercolor artwork of the original, Valkyria Chronicles II is a worthy sequel. Despite shrinking the battle maps slightly, Sega expanded the squad customization, and added a military school setting and a host of new and memorable characters. With Valkyria Chronicles III due for release in Japan in early 2011, the series has found a firm home on the PSP. And there's a great chance that the third game in the series will follow in its forebears' footsteps, and show up in our 2011 Game of the Year Awards.

Runner-up: Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~
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